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Building a Watch from NOS Parts

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Hi all, I have an Omega Spider case and bracelet at home, I love the design of the (complete) watch but I'm contemplating using these as a basis to build up a new watch from parts as a bit of a challenge.

I design and manufacture machinery myself, and used to be very good at model making (in particular the small detailed bits) so I'm reasonably confident I can do it, but my watchmaking skills have never yet been tested!

This is basically what I have so far:

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I gather the watch as standard uses a 1430 movement, and this is where my knowledge begins to fade.  Can I simply buy an aftermarket 1430 movement and expect it to fit?  Ebay link to an example: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ISA-9231-1430-Quartz-Movement-Swiss-made-NEW/323853539436?hash=item4b672cd86c:g:2sYAAOSwz~RdI0Hb

I know it is most likely a cheap and nasty movement but I can replace this in future if the watch turns out to be nice and "worth it".

For the face, I can't find any original dials (other than a gold one) so considering something like a meteorite face, again I can find a rhodium plated one on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Meteorite-Jewelry-30mm-X-30mm-Meteorite-circle-watch-face-SUPER-THIN/233208698030?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144

Parts wise I just have hands, markers, crown and a crystal to locate (hopefully the easiest bits), assembling I assume will be fiddly to say the least.  If I can mark out the dial and drill it nicely then the markers etc can be glued from the back, I have no idea how I would hold the face yet though unless glue is a viable option!

 

Sorry this probably sounds like a bit of a mad man post, but I'd like to be told if I'm about to embark on something impossible, or if it is quite feasible.

Many thanks, TC

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Maybe someone can simply advise me if any 1430 movement will fit- or if I have to use a different/specific part number etc?

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